An extract from Fr Aaron’s current Newsletter:

Greetings from my office in Springfield Road! I hope and pray that everyone is bearing up well, persevering in hope and resilient in the Lord. It has been testing I am sure for all of us, being denied our usual freedoms and means of comfort and solace, we can feel at sea in a storm that seemingly never ends. However, be assured of my closeness with you, especially when I am at the Altar of God offering Mass for you and your intentions. Thank you for all your kind messages and phone calls. I am working my way through the database ringing up those who are alone, as well as ensuring my brothers priests and deacons who are alone are keep well, spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally.

The Lord remains close to us in these times, I look forward to the day when the church will be open and we can celebrate Mass together, but Christ abides afresh in our homes at this time. In Holy Week, we have the luxury of contemplating these mysteries of our Salvation and Hope without excuse of wasteful activity. Let us pray that this Holy Week will give us a deeper closeness to He, who suffered, died and rose for us. The Easter Candle will be lit as a light in our darkness and how real and striking that will be in this most peculiar of Easters. Light a candle with me on Saturday Night and show the light of Christ to our neighbours, if you have fireworks somewhere hidden away – set them off!

This has been a very sad and stressful time especially for those who have lost loved ones, funerals with social distancing, denying mourners of a consoling touch is very against our nature. We pray for the families and friends of Toni Brogna, Antonio Pisani and Canon Eddie Matthews. We salute, thank and pray for those in our parish and beyond who work in the NHS and other key workers who keep us going at this time.

Presbytery Life – Fr Alban and I are well, I managed to rescue my sister from Eastbourne as I did not want her to be alone, so we are three. We have a routine but there are times of boredom as we are away from our people. Let us pray for a swift end to this and comfort and solace for the worried, sick and peace to those who have gone to the Lord.

My prayers for a prayerful Holy Week and make sure you celebrate the Resurrection with the Joy that is our hope: Jesus, the Light of World, Risen from the Dead will come to save us.        Fr Aaron

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During the current ‘lock-down’ situation, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you who have so kindly offered to set up Standing Orders in lieu of our Sunday ‘plate collections’. This is always the most convenient method for planned giving (for all concerned) – already used by so many of us at West Grinstead – and it is vitally important at this time. Regular Standing Orders can be for any amount, no matter how small – just please give what you can afford. This is a golden opportunity to express our sincere thanks for our God-given faith, and for our beautiful, unique Shrine Church and community. Pope Francis said ‘Generosity enlarges the heart’, and we are most grateful indeed for your generosity of heart. 

To set up a Standing Order, please contact Geoff Callister via email: geoff.callister@gmail.com, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273 – thank you.

MANY THANKS ALSO to those who have already donated on-line, via the diocesan ‘JustGiving’ link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory

This is a very simple process, but it is important to state the name of our parish – ‘Our Lady of Consolation & St Francis, West Grinstead’ – in the comments field, to ensure donations end up with the parish. Also, JustGiving defaults to a suggested ‘platform fee’ of an extra 15%, but this can be reset to any amount down to zero.     Thank you indeed!

Finally, if you prefer, cheques in lieu of plate collections can be sent to the presbytery: Priest’s House, Park Lane, West Grinstead, Horsham, RH13 8LT. They should be made payable to ‘RCD A&B Our Lady of Consolation’.

THANK YOU

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 There is live streaming throughout the day, and especially at 12 Noon each day from the National Catholic Shrine at Walsingham (our ‘big sister’ Marian Shrine): http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

 

St John the Evangelist, Horsham presents, respectively, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Mass streaming as follows:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/stjohnscatholicchurchhorshamuk/videos/154520125874523/

https://twitter.com/catholichorsham?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Acatholichorsham&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stjohnshorsham.com%2F

https://www.stjohnshorsham.com%2Fhttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=st+john%27s+catholic+church+horsham

 

Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to: https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/

 

Finally, live Mass is streamed at the following times from Sacred Heart Church, Hove: Monday: 10:00am; Tuesday: 10:00am; Wednesday: 8:00am; Thursday: Noon; Friday: 8:00am; First Saturday of the Month: Noon; Saturday: 6:00pm;                                          Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am. Please visit http://www.sacredhearthove.org.uk/videos.html

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During the current ‘lock-down’ situation, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you who have so kindly offered to set up Standing Orders in lieu of our Sunday ‘plate collections’. This is always the most convenient method for planned giving (for all concerned) – already used by so many of us at West Grinstead – and it is vitally important at this time. Regular Standing Orders can be for any amount, no matter how small – just please give what you can afford. This is a golden opportunity to express our sincere thanks for our God-given faith, and for our beautiful, unique Shrine Church and community. Pope Francis said ‘Generosity enlarges the heart’, and we are most grateful indeed for your generosity of heart. 

To set up a Standing Order, please contact Geoff Callister via email: geoff.callister@gmail.com, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273 – thank you.

MANY THANKS ALSO to those who have already donated on-line, via the diocesan ‘JustGiving’ link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory

This is a very simple process, but it is important to state the name of our parish – ‘Our Lady of Consolation & St Francis, West Grinstead’ – in the comments field, to ensure donations end up with the parish. Also, JustGiving defaults to a suggested ‘platform fee’ of an extra 15%, but this can be reset to any amount down to zero.     Thank you indeed!

Finally, if you prefer, cheques in lieu of plate collections can be sent to the presbytery: Priest’s House, Park Lane, West Grinstead, Horsham, RH13 8LT. They should be made payable to ‘RCD A&B Our Lady of Consolation’.

THANK YOU

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 There is live streaming throughout the day, and especially at 12 Noon each day from the National Catholic Shrine at Walsingham (our ‘big sister’ Marian Shrine): http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

 

St John the Evangelist, Horsham presents, respectively, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Mass streaming as follows:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/stjohnscatholicchurchhorshamuk/videos/154520125874523/

https://twitter.com/catholichorsham?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Acatholichorsham&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stjohnshorsham.com%2F

https://www.stjohnshorsham.com%2Fhttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=st+john%27s+catholic+church+horsham

 

Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to: https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/

 

Finally, live Mass is streamed at the following times from Sacred Heart Church, Hove: Monday: 10:00am; Tuesday: 10:00am; Wednesday: 8:00am; Thursday: Noon; Friday: 8:00am; First Saturday of the Month: Noon; Saturday: 6:00pm;                                          Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am. Please visit http://www.sacredhearthove.org.uk/videos.html

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THIS SUNDAY 5th April – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – can be followed online at any of the live Mass-streaming sites listed below. The readings at Mass are as follows: 

THE PROCESSION (normally sung):

Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the Highest.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew: 21:1-11

Psalm 23

Psalm 46

AT THE MASS:

First Reading: Isaiah     50:4-7

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 21:8-9, 17-20, 23-24. R, v.2

Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11

Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66  [Palm Sunday of the Passion of The Lord]

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During the current ‘lock-down’ situation, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you who have so kindly offered to set up Standing Orders in lieu of our Sunday ‘plate collections’. This is always the most convenient method for planned giving (for all concerned) – already used by so many of us at West Grinstead – and it is vitally important at this time. Regular Standing Orders can be for any amount, no matter how small – just please give what you can afford. This is a golden opportunity to express our sincere thanks for our God-given faith, and for our beautiful, unique Shrine Church and community. Pope Francis said ‘Generosity enlarges the heart’, and we are most grateful indeed for your generosity of heart. 

To set up a Standing Order, please contact Geoff Callister via email: geoff.callister@gmail.com, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273 – thank you.

Failing that, it is now possible to donate on-line, simply by clicking on the diocesan link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory

When doing so, it is important to state the name of our parish – ‘Our Lady of Consolation & St Francis, West Grinstead’ – to ensure donations end up with the parish: Thank you indeed!

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 There is live streaming throughout the day, and especially at 12 Noon each day from the National Catholic Shrine at Walsingham (our ‘big sister’ Marian Shrine): http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

 

St John the Evangelist, Horsham presents, respectively, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Mass streaming as follows:

https://en-gb.facebook.com/stjohnscatholicchurchhorshamuk/videos/154520125874523/

https://twitter.com/catholichorsham?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Acatholichorsham&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stjohnshorsham.com%2F

https://www.stjohnshorsham.com%2Fhttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=st+john%27s+catholic+church+horsham

 

Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to: https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/

 

Finally, live Mass is streamed at the following times from Sacred Heart Church, Hove: Monday: 10:00am; Tuesday: 10:00am; Wednesday: 8:00am; Thursday: Noon; Friday: 8:00am; First Saturday of the Month: Noon; Saturday: 6:00pm;                                          Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am. Please visit http://www.sacredhearthove.org.uk/videos.html

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THIS SUNDAY 5th April – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord – can be followed online at any of the live Mass-streaming sites listed below. The readings at Mass are as follows: 

THE PROCESSION (normally sung):

Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the Highest.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew: 21:1-11

Psalm 23

Psalm 46

AT THE MASS:

First Reading: Isaiah     50:4-7

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 21:8-9, 17-20, 23-24. R, v.2

Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11

Gospel: Matthew 26:14-27:66  [Palm Sunday of the Passion of The Lord]

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During the current ‘lock-down’ situation, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to those of you who have so kindly offered to set up Standing Orders in lieu of our Sunday ‘plate collections’. This is always the most convenient method for planned giving (for all concerned) – already used by so many of us at West Grinstead – and it is vitally important at this time. Regular Standing Orders can be for any amount, no matter how small – just please give what you can afford. This is a golden opportunity to express our sincere thanks for our God-given faith, and for our beautiful, unique Shrine Church and community. Pope Francis said ‘Generosity enlarges the heart’, and we are most grateful indeed for your generosity of heart. 

To set up a Standing Order, please contact Geoff Callister via email: geoff.callister@gmail.com, or phone Kate or Susan at the Priest’s House on 01403 710273 – thank you.

Failing that, it is now possible to donate on-line, simply by clicking on the diocesan link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory

When doing so, it is important to state the name of our parish – ‘Our Lady of Consolation & St Francis, West Grinstead’ – to ensure donations end up with the parish: Thank you indeed!

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 There is live streaming throughout the day, and especially at 12 Noon each day from the National Catholic Shrine at Walsingham (our ‘big sister’ Marian Shrine): http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

 

St John the Evangelist, Horsham offers, respectively, Twitter and YouTube Mass streaming as follows:

https://twitter.com/catholichorsham?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Eembeddedtimeline%7Ctwterm%5Eprofile%3Acatholichorsham&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stjohnshorsham.com%2F

https://www.stjohnshorsham.com%2Fhttps://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=st+john%27s+catholic+church+horsham

 

Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to: https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/

 

Finally, live Mass is streamed at the following times from Sacred Heart Church, Hove: Monday: 10:00am; Tuesday: 10:00am; Wednesday: 8:00am; Thursday: Noon; Friday: 8:00am; First Saturday of the Month: Noon; Saturday: 6:00pm;                                          Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am. Please visit http://www.sacredhearthove.org.uk/videos.html

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OVER HALF A MILLION PEOPLE JOINED IN, ONLINE, TO PRAY TOGETHER AT THE REDEDICATION ON Sunday 29th March

Click on the following link to Walsingham – giving the background to the Rededication and a re-run of the liturgical celebrations:

https://www.behold2020.com

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The current ‘lock-down’ situation presents us all with an excellent opportunity to express our gratitude for our glorious, life-affirming faith in a simple but most effective way – through online giving to support our parish. Also this will become a vital replacement for Sunday ‘plate collections’ while the crisis lasts. Pope Francis said ‘Generosity enlarges the heart’, and we are most grateful for your generosity if you are able to use this facility. To donate on-line, simply click on the link: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/parishoffertory

When doing so, please remember to state the name of our parish – Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead – to ensure donations end up with the parish: Thank you indeed!

Alternatively, you might wish to set up a Standing Order – as a great number of us do at West Grinstead – to manage our ‘planned giving’. If so, please contact Geoff Callister via email: geoff.callister@gmail.com or phone the Priest’s House on 01403 710273 – thank you.

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MAY OUR BLESSED LADY PRAY FOR US AND OUR COUNTRY, NOW AND ALWAYS

There is live streaming at 12 Noon each day from the Catholic Shrine at Walsingham: http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

 

Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to: https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/

 

Further, live Mass is streamed at the following times from Sacred Heart Church, Hove: Monday: 10:00am; Tuesday: 10:00am; Wednesday: 8:00am; Thursday: Noon; Friday: 8:00am; First Saturday of the Month: Noon; Saturday: 6:00pm;                                          Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am. Please visit http://www.sacredhearthove.org.uk/videos.html

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Richard

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Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

PASTORAL MESSAGE

24th March 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

Following the Government announcement yesterday, mandating the closure of places of worship, I have informed all our parish priests that, with immediate effect, all churches, halls and associated facilities must be closed until further notice.

This requirement has been made with a heavy heart, for I am very conscious of the importance of our churches for all of us.  They are places where we celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments and hear the Word of God proclaimed and explained.  They are places of prayer, reflection, rest and peace.  They are places where we gather as communities, offering a welcome to so many.

This closure comes at a very difficult time for us all, but it is vital that we work with everyone else in society to do everything we can to respond to the crisis caused by the Coronavirus, Covid-19.  The more effective we are in observing the present restrictions, the more effective will be the response.   

It goes without saying that it is very difficult for us not to be able to join in the celebration of the Eucharist.  The fact that Masses are being celebrated day by day in all our churches – albeit behind locked doors – will, I know, be a comfort to us all.  The Mass reaches beyond those closed doors, for the whole world, together with the angels and saints, is present whenever the Eucharist is celebrated.

Join in these celebrations through live-streaming whenever you can.  The churches providing this service are listed on the Diocesan Website and information is also available on e-news.  If you are not signed up to our Diocesan e-news, please do so now.

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to continue your lives of prayer and your reflection on the Scriptures.  Pray the Rosary and, in this Season of Lent, reflect on the Stations of the Cross.  There are many resources available on-line.

Many of you will have taken part in the Nation-wide moment of prayer on Saturday-last.  I call on you all to join in this practice each week; the lighted candles in your windows offering a beacon of hope to others.

Know, too, that the Lord is with us on this difficult stage of our journey.  He never leaves us and – perhaps as never before – we are called upon to follow Him, persevering in faith, hope and love for the good of all.

May Mary, the Mother of Christ and our Mother too, intercede for us.

Be assured of my own prayers for you all, especially those who are affected personally by the Coronavirus and all working in healthcare in our hospitals and communities.

With every Blessing,           pastedGraphic_1.png

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AN ADDRESS FROM OUR PARISH PRIEST, FR AARON:

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have announced that public worship will be suspended from Friday evening (March 20th)

“In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.

Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.

We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.”

This means there will sadly be no public Mass at Our Lady of Consolation until further notice. 

The Pilgrimage programme for 2020 will also be suspended until further notice

Mass will be celebrated, as we have been instructed to say these privately behind closed doors – Fr David or I will celebrate these Masses.

Until such time that public health advice is that congregations can gather safely:

All baptisms will be deferred.

Funerals and Weddings – please contact the Parish Priest.

Please make sure you check the Parish Website, St John’s Church, Horsham website, the Facebook Page of St John’s Church where I can update you all more regularly @stjohnscatholicchurchhorshamuk and the Parish Twitter Account @catholichorsham to find up-to-date information.

I am so sorry about this decision, taken out of my hands, it is made for the good of those who are vulnerable and for assisting our NHS.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life and to be without it and to not be able to gather for the Mass is a deep wound in our hearts. I shall remain available if you need me, if you need the Sacrament of the Sick or the Last Rites call me.

I shall keep you all in my prayers as we walk the Way of the Cross together. Our Lent will last longer than anticipated.

We are in communion together but it a different way. I encourage families to pray together at home, keep the Sunday holy, and I will direct parishioners to resources that are available.

I will endeavour to set-up live streaming of Mass here at St John’s, as soon as possible, so that at least we can participate in the Sacrifice of Mass albeit at a distance.

Parish Emergency Mobile: 07566 277227

Fr Aaron

 

 

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS OUR LADY’S DOWRY: NOON, Sunday 29th March

Click on the following link to Walsingham – giving the background to the Rededication and live-streaming of the liturgical celebrations:

The Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary

PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH VIA THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS, AND CLICK ON THE LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO LOAD THE LITURGY FOR THE REDEDICATION ITSELF AT NOON ON SUNDAY, 29th.

MAY OUR BLESSED LADY PRAY FOR US AND OUR COUNTRY, NOW AND ALWAYS

There is live streaming at 12 Noon each day from the Catholic Shrine at Walsingham: http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream

 

Live Mass is also streamed from St Mary of the Angels, Worthing at 10.30am SUNDAY & 10.00am Weekdays (7.30pm Wednesdays). Go to: https://www.stmaryoftheangels.org.uk/catholic-mass-online/

 

Further, live Mass is streamed at the following times from Sacred Heart Church, Hove: Monday: 10:00am; Tuesday: 10:00am; Wednesday: 8:00am; Thursday: Noon; Friday: 8:00am; First Saturday of the Month: Noon; Saturday: 6:00pm;                                          Sunday: 9:30am and 11:30am. Please visit http://www.sacredhearthove.org.uk/videos.html

 

Richard

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Bishop of Arundel & Brighton

PASTORAL MESSAGE

24th March 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

Following the Government announcement yesterday, mandating the closure of places of worship, I have informed all our parish priests that, with immediate effect, all churches, halls and associated facilities must be closed until further notice.

This requirement has been made with a heavy heart, for I am very conscious of the importance of our churches for all of us.  They are places where we celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments and hear the Word of God proclaimed and explained.  They are places of prayer, reflection, rest and peace.  They are places where we gather as communities, offering a welcome to so many.

This closure comes at a very difficult time for us all, but it is vital that we work with everyone else in society to do everything we can to respond to the crisis caused by the Coronavirus, Covid-19.  The more effective we are in observing the present restrictions, the more effective will be the response.   

It goes without saying that it is very difficult for us not to be able to join in the celebration of the Eucharist.  The fact that Masses are being celebrated day by day in all our churches – albeit behind locked doors – will, I know, be a comfort to us all.  The Mass reaches beyond those closed doors, for the whole world, together with the angels and saints, is present whenever the Eucharist is celebrated.

Join in these celebrations through live-streaming whenever you can.  The churches providing this service are listed on the Diocesan Website and information is also available on e-news.  If you are not signed up to our Diocesan e-news, please do so now.

I cannot encourage you strongly enough to continue your lives of prayer and your reflection on the Scriptures.  Pray the Rosary and, in this Season of Lent, reflect on the Stations of the Cross.  There are many resources available on-line.

Many of you will have taken part in the Nation-wide moment of prayer on Saturday-last.  I call on you all to join in this practice each week; the lighted candles in your windows offering a beacon of hope to others.

Know, too, that the Lord is with us on this difficult stage of our journey.  He never leaves us and – perhaps as never before – we are called upon to follow Him, persevering in faith, hope and love for the good of all.

May Mary, the Mother of Christ and our Mother too, intercede for us.

Be assured of my own prayers for you all, especially those who are affected personally by the Coronavirus and all working in healthcare in our hospitals and communities.

With every Blessing,           pastedGraphic_1.png

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AN ADDRESS FROM OUR PARISH PRIEST, FR AARON:

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have announced that public worship will be suspended from Friday evening (March 20th)

“In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

However, the celebration of Mass, Sunday by Sunday and day by day, will take place without a public congregation.

Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day.

We want everyone to understand that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This is, without doubt, the teaching of the Church (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2181). This pandemic is the ‘serious reason’ why this obligation does not apply at this time.”

This means there will sadly be no public Mass at Our Lady of Consolation until further notice. 

The Pilgrimage programme for 2020 will also be suspended until further notice

Mass will be celebrated, as we have been instructed to say these privately behind closed doors – Fr David or I will celebrate these Masses.

Until such time that public health advice is that congregations can gather safely:

All baptisms will be deferred.

Funerals and Weddings – please contact the Parish Priest.

Please make sure you check the Parish Website, St John’s Church, Horsham website, the Facebook Page of St John’s Church where I can update you all more regularly @stjohnscatholicchurchhorshamuk and the Parish Twitter Account @catholichorsham to find up-to-date information.

I am so sorry about this decision, taken out of my hands, it is made for the good of those who are vulnerable and for assisting our NHS.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life and to be without it and to not be able to gather for the Mass is a deep wound in our hearts. I shall remain available if you need me, if you need the Sacrament of the Sick or the Last Rites call me.

I shall keep you all in my prayers as we walk the Way of the Cross together. Our Lent will last longer than anticipated.

We are in communion together but it a different way. I encourage families to pray together at home, keep the Sunday holy, and I will direct parishioners to resources that are available.

I will endeavour to set-up live streaming of Mass here at St John’s, as soon as possible, so that at least we can participate in the Sacrifice of Mass albeit at a distance.

Parish Emergency Mobile: 07566 277227

Fr Aaron

 

 

THE REDEDICATION OF ENGLAND AS OUR LADY’S DOWRY: NOON, Sunday 29th March